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NIDA’s National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® Sets Record in Global Reach; Chat Day Celebrates 10th Anniversary!

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® sets Record in Number of Events Held Across the Nation and Internationally
Teens joined with scientists and drug education advocates at thousands of events across the country and internationally for the seventh annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® (NDAFW), held from January 23-29, 2017. This year, the amount of events held across the country surpassed all previous years, including the largest international reach ever, with more than 125 events held in Mexico alone. Through community-based events and activities on the web, teens were encouraged to SHATTER THE MYTHS® and get the facts from scientific experts about drug and alcohol use and addiction. Promotional media activities surrounding the week reached millions of people via traditional and social media platforms.

Students holding NDAFW signs in a classroom

Teenagers from Imagine Prep Coolidge School in Coolidge, AZ share their SHATTTER THE MYTHS® pledge cards.

What is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week®?
National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week logo
NDAFW is a week-long observance that links teens with experts who can give them factual information and dispel the myths about drug and alcohol use. It was inspired by the success of NIDA’s Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day, a web chat with teens that began in 2007. NIDA launched NDAFW in 2010, asking teens, schools, and community groups all over America to hold their own “Q and A” events with local experts. NIAAA became a partner in 2016. Read press release ⇒

Did you take the Drug & Alcohol IQ Challenge?
Drug IQ Challenge
As part of the week's activities, NIDA released its "National Drug and Alcohol IQ Challenge.” The 12-question, multiple-choice quiz challenges teens and adults to test their knowledge about drugs. To date, nearly 48,000 people have taken the 2017 IQ Challenge! The IQ Challenge is interactive, and includes English and Spanish videos of NIDA specialists discussing the answers to each question. View IQ Challenge ⇒

More Than 2,100 NDAFW Community Events Held – Setting All Time Record
Map of events
The number of NDAFW events continued to grow this year, with more than 2,100 events held across all 50 states and 15 countries around the world (view map). Events were sponsored by a variety of organizations, including schools, community groups and local hospitals. Check out photos from the events on our Flickr page.

Students holding NDAFW signs in a classroom

For the first time, NDAFW events were held in Pakistan.

NIDA Scientists Answer Close to 2,500 Questions During Chat Day!
Drug & Alcohol Chat Day 10 Year Anniversary logo
During the week, NIDA also celebrated the tenth anniversary of Drugs & Alcohol Chat Day (January 26), a live online chat between teens and NIH scientists. Nearly 10,000 questions were submitted by teens. Institute directors from NIDA, NIAAA and NIMH were among 60 scientists answering close to 2,500 questions from students across the nation, including young U.S. airmen from Yokota Air Force Base in Tokyo, Japan. Read Chat Day transcripts ⇒

NIH IC Directors participate in Chat Day

Three NIH IC Directors participate in Chat Day. NIAAA Director Dr. George Koob smiles at the camera while NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow (far right), with assistance from NIDA’s Dr. Susan Weiss, and NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon (back left), with assistance from NIMH’s Charlotte Armstrong, are busy answering questions from students across the nation.

Social Media Campaign Shares NDAFW Messages Through Blogs and Instagram Posts
Brittany Joyal
NIDA conducted a social media campaign to deliver NDAFW messages via 16 influential parenting bloggers and 10 Instagram accounts with wide reach to teens and young adults. The blog posts focused on NDAFW messages in the writers’ own words with links to NIDA content and imagery. Each Instagram post included a personalized “I want to SHATTER THE MYTHS because…” sign. Blog highlights included posts on The Typical Mom, SheScribes, Life with 4 Boys, and Daddy’s Hangout.


National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® will be held January 22 - January 28, 2018!
Chat Day will be on January 22.

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